The Queen will become Britain’s longest reigning monarch
Queen Elizabeth II has been hailed a “rock of stability” as she today becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch. She is set to pass the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria at around 5:30pm today, when she will have reigned for 63 years and seven months, which is the equivalent of 23,226 days, 16 hours and about 30 minutes.
Tributes to the Queen will include a flotilla of historic boats and vessels which will make their way up the Thames from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament, and the BT Tower is today displaying the message “Long may she reign”. As a mark of respect to Her Majesty, Tower Bridge will be lifted and in the House of Commons business will be postponed for half an hour allowing MPs to pay tribute to the Queen. However, the Queen herself is sticking to business as usual and will spend the day undertaking official duties in Scotland.
A new picture of the Queen has been taken by photographer Mary McCartney to mark the occasion, and it shows her undertaking official business whilst sat at her desk at Buckingham Palace.
Today David Cameron tweeted: “Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change. It is only right that we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.”